APA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2020
APA’s Education, Science, Practice and Public Interest
Directorates, and the Office of International Affairs are
seeking nominations for the Association’s 2020 Awards.
Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2020 Annual
Convention in Washington, DC August 6-9, 2020; a waiver
of 2020 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of
up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2020
The deadline for all award nominations is June 1,
APA EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARDS
The Board of Educational Affairs is requesting nominations for the following awards. All nominations must include a letter of nomination citing the award for which the
nomination is made and outlining the contributions of the
nominee, two letters of support, and curriculum vitae. Send
nominations and supporting materials to Sharon Leiss, Education Directorate, at the APA address. Questions about
the awards should be directed to Sharon Leiss at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-336-6188.
The Award for Distinguished Contributions to
Education and Training in Psychology
The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education
and Training in Psychology recognizes psychologists who
have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career. Psychologists will be selected for
this award on the basis of their documented positive influence on the education and training of students; engagement
in important research in education and training; development of effective materials for instruction; establishment of
workshops, conferences, or networks, of communications
for education and training; achievement and leadership in
administration that facilitate education and training; and
activities in professional organizations that promote excellence.
The Award for Distinguished Contributions of
Applications of Psychology to Education and
The Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training recognizes
psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education. To be considered for this award, the
candidate must demonstrate a contribution to new teaching
methods or the solution of learning problems through the
use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological
knowledge to improve learning in educational settings (
including pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) and/or in communities.
APA SCIENCE AWARDS
The Committee on Scientific Awards invites nominations
for its awards program. Nominations for all three award
categories should be sent to the Science Directorate at the
APA address. Questions about the awards program should
be directed to Suzanne Wandersman at (202) 336-6000,
email@example.com, or http://www.apa.org/science/
awards/ index.aspx. Members of the committee, former recipients of the awards, and the president and president-elect
of APA are ineligible. For a list of previous award winners,
see the November 2018 American Psychologist or the
The Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award
is presented to candidates who have made distinguished
theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in
psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the
Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates
who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.
For these awards, nominators should include in the
letter of nomination a statement addressing the following
questions: Describe the important theoretical, empirical
and/or methodological contributions and their impact on
the field, usually attributed to the nominee; What influences
has the nominee had on students and others in the same
field of study? Where possible, please identify the nominee’s students by name.
Nominations for these awards will not be considered
without the following: a letter of nomination, a current vita,
the names and addresses of three or more scientists familiar
with the nominee’s work; a list of the nominees’ ten most
significant and representative publications; and a list of up
to ten students/post docs that the nominee has trained and
where those individuals are now. All material can be submitted electronically.
Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career
Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young
psychologists. For the 2020 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2010
are being sought in the following areas: animal learning
and behavior, comparative; cognition and human learning;
developmental psychology; health psychology; and psychopathology. These areas should be interpreted broadly.
The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees who are female and from underrepresented groups.
Winners of this award will be invited to attend an awards
ceremony in 2020 at the convention, but are not expected to
present an award address.
Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be
considered without the following: a statement on the contributions and promise of the nominee (maximum of two
pages in length), a current vita, and up to five reprints
representative of the nominee’s contribution. All material
should be submitted electronically.